Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Review: "Sweet September" by Tricia Goyer and Book Giveaway

It's BBAW and I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Friday, September 26. US addresses only. Good luck!

Harvest time at Heather Creek Farm is an exciting time, but the kids don't seem to be getting into the spirit. One day while he's wandering through the fields, Christopher stumbles across an old piece of metal buried in the ground. He doesn't know what it is, but he hides it in the shed.

That night, the garden by the house is uprooted. Who could have done such a thing? Charlotte is determined to find out, but is distracted when she gets news that Sam is failing school. The sullen teen is indifferent and won't study. He starts spending a lot of time with Pete. Though she loves her son dearly, Pete never finished high school, and Charlotte is afraid he'll encourage Sam to do the same. How can she help him get back on track?

A gripping story that examines the Stevenson family's history as well as its shaky future, Sweet September will bring you deeper into the loving community of Bedford and the deep ties of love that bind this broken family together. As they forge new connections, you'll be entertained, inspired, and reminded that God's grace can make all things new.

I really enjoyed this book. This is the first contemporary novel that Tricia has written and it was wonderful! It's part of a multi-author series but you can jump in at any time as each story is standalone. It's a cozy read that brings to life what small town and farm living is all about. I could actually picture myself there on the farm alongside the family. I did like how there was historical tidbits thrown in throughout the novel. There's also a good mystery that takes place as well. What I liked best was how the kids were allowed to act normal, like actual teenagers in the 21st century. It was rather refreshing to read about Sam rebelling about his studies or Emily wanting to be a vegetarian. While these aren't the choices their grandparents would have made, neither are they condemning and overbearing. I hope that the other authors in this series will be able to maintain this type of attitude. It's much more realistic and I think hits home more to see kids acting like real kids and not try to change them. The conflict between father and son was interesting to read as well. Generation gaps and parent-child relationships always make for a good read. But my absolute favorite part? Whenever Star Wars was mentioned! How geeked was I to read that there was a Star Wars marathon that took place? (And that Leia AND Amidala were both mentioned!!) That was a definite plus in my book! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the adventures of the Heather Creek gang. Also if this is what it's like to read a Tricia Goyer contemporary novel, I say more please!!!!

Sweet September by Tricia Goyer is published by Guideposts (2008)

Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.


Since Sweet September is all about family, Tricia wants to meet yours.

Leave a comment on Tricia's blog tour post sharing who your favorite family member is (think beyond hubby and kids) and why.

You'll be entered into a drawing to win William-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan & Quick Bread Set.


  1. I've always wanted to read some Tricia Goyer. Please enter me.

    cherryblossommj(at) gmail[dot]com

  2. This sounds like a great read. Please enter me.
    AndiJ at FR

  3. Please put my name in for the drawing. This sounds really good.


  4. one day I'll win! :)

    hugbandit7 at FR

  5. Sounds like a great book. Enter me.

    Deanna at FR

  6. I love Tricia's writing and that pan is beautiful. Please enter me in this incredible fall contest. Thanks.


  7. This does sound like a great name and I have also been wanting to read Tricia Goyer's books. Please enter me in drawing.


  8. This sounds like a very interesting book!

    Please enter me in the contest.

    Thank you.

    Becky C.

  9. I would love a chance to win.

  10. Happy Friday! I think Tricia is wonderful. Her websites are great!
    The cover of her new book is lovely. The story line sounds very interesting. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  11. This sounds like a good one, and the cover is really pretty. Please enter me.

    Thank you.

  12. Sounds like a great, emotional read....I love those kind!! Please enter me!!

    April D.

  13. this looks very interesting- would love to read

  14. I can tell from the cover alone that I would enjoy Tricia's book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    In the unlikely event that I win, I just wanted to let you know that I will be out of town from Sept. 29 through Oct. 13.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  15. The drawing is on my birthday, a fitting present don't you thing? :o)

  16. I've never read a Tricia Goyer book but the synopsis and your review were very compelling. I would love to be entered. Thank you.


  17. Oh, please enter me:) I have two giveaways going on right now too!! Make sure you check them out.

    Thanks for offering this book!!

    bethany.canfield AT

  18. Please put my name in for the book drawing. I would love to win this one.

  19. I'd love a chance to win Tricia's book! Thanks for this offer.

    In Christ,
    Mimi B

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  20. Anonymous2:04 PM

    I would love a chance to win the book. Thanks for entering me.

  21. Sweet! Thanks for the offer.
    What's better than reading a good book? Winning one!
    cmrobin [at]bellsouth [dot] net

  22. I've never read any of Trish's books even though I've read her newsletter for several months. I've love to be entered.


  23. aliadam from FR11:37 AM

    Sounds like a book that's both deep while examining family dynamics and fun while talking about star wars. And who DOESN'T get geeked reading about star wars LOL??? Thanks for letting me enter.

  24. I love Tricia's historicals, and would love to read this contemporary. The cover really draws me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  25. I'd love a chance to win if its not too late to enter!

  26. I'd love to win, please enter me :)

  27. I've never read any of Tricia Goyer's books but they look good. Please enter me in the contest.


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